Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is looking like it will kick off production later rather than sooner.
According to Deadline, Fox’s original loose plan to begin production this fall or later this year is now in doubt. The studio claims they never set a hard start date so a delay, not on paper, wouldn’t truly be a delay.
Apparently scouting locations in Japan, where the majority of the film takes place, has proven more difficult than anticipated due to weather conditions. Canada may be brought in as a stand-in secondary location effectively splitting the production between two continents.
James Mangold is still on board as director of Wolverine 2 after taking over for Darren Aronofsky who left the project on his own volition earlier this year. The script by Christopher McQuarrie has been completed since at least the beginning of this year, yet Fox continues to struggle to get production off the ground.
Right now, star Hugh Jackman is wrapping up filming Les Miserables. If Fox can’t get the stars aligned on Wolverine 2, it may not be until next spring until he dons the claws again.